Hampton City Council members get update on crime trends, vote to lower real estate, personal property tax rates

HP City Council meeting (May 11)
Posted at 10:32 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 23:23:01-04

HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton Police Chief Mark Talbot gave an update on crime trends to city council Wednesday night.

He discussed the department's strategy at length, highlighting the need to key in on neighborhoods with high crime.

“We have a limited number of hours to devote to policing. Those of us who have elevated to executive positions have to do more - that's where it has to come from. And we, frankly, have to be smarter about it. We have to understand where the hotspots are, understand what kind of resources they need, and overcome the sort of natural desire to shrink away from some of these problems,” the chief said.

After Talbot spoke, city council voted on a number of agenda items regarding money.

Council members adopted two ordinances. One will lower the real estate tax rate from $1.24 to $1.18 per $100.

The other will lower the amount the resident pays for personal property taxes to 75% of the assessed value.

City council also unanimously passed the full budget for the new fiscal year.